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Stephen Maguire left onlookers baffled when he delayed his shot to swat and eat a fly off the table at the . The extra protein didn’t help the 43-year-old as he was convincingly beaten by David Gilbert in the quarter-finals.

Maguire took two huge scalps to get to the last eight and would surely have fancied his chances of ploughing even further into the tournament after beating former world champion Shaun Murphy and two-time finalist Ali Carter, although the match with Gilbert proved too stern a test.

With the first-to-13 contest starting to slip away at 11-8; Maguire lined up to take a shot, paused, swatted a fly that was on the table before picking it up and eating it – much to the amusement of the crowd.

“Well, he has shown no mercy there,” joked Eurosport commentator Dave Hendon. “And that has been his general approach today!”

After losing the next two frames and crashing out of the World Snooker Championship with a 13-8 defeat, Maguire confirmed to The Metro: “Ach, it was just a fly. I spat it out when nobody was looking.”

The world No 28 made a nightmare start against Gilbert, ending the first session 7-1 down. And although he battled hard to make the contest competitive again, his decision to concede the final frame when only one snooker was required left some feeling as though he had thrown in the towel.

BBC pundit Ken Doherty was among them, as he said: “One snooker required, you don’t jack it in, it’s the World Championship, anything can happen. You win that frame with a snooker and the other guy is twitching a little bit. Never give up in a month of Sundays then.”

Maguire felt he would have been ‘wasting time’ by attempting an unlikely snooker. “Did you see where I landed? It was just happening all through the match,” he said. “I had to get the spider, I’m never going to snooker him from that shot. There was no point, it was just wasting time really.”

With a fourth quarter-final exit in his last seven World Snooker Championship appearances, Maguire has now failed to make it to the semi-finals since 2012.

Gilbert, meanwhile, continues his quest for the final against Kyren Wilson. The pair ended Thursday’s first session 4-4 and will pick up where they left off on Friday, with Jak Jones and Stuart Bingham also tied up in the other semi-final.

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